1600 Seventh Avenue
|Alternative names||1600 Bell Plaza
Pacific Northwest Bell Building
US West Communications
|Location||1600 7th Avenue
|Roof||151.79 m (498.0 ft)|
|Floor area||766,800 sq ft (71,240 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||John Graham & Company|
|Main contractor||Hoffman Construction Co. of Washington|
Qwest Plaza, now officially known as 1600 Seventh, is a 32-story, 152 m (499 ft) skyscraper in Seattle, Washington, completed in 1976 and designed by John Graham & Company. As of 2012 it is the 14th tallest building in the city. Qwest Plaza was originally known as the Pacific Northwest Bell Building, and later 1600 Bell Plaza, and US West Communications.
In April 2012, a year after acquiring Qwest Communications, Centurylink sold the Bell Plaza/Qwest Plaza property to New York real estate investment firm Clarion Partners for $137 million and is now leasing floors 3–15 to Centurylink and floors 16–32 to Nordstrom (floor 18 is currently occupied by The Urban Renaissance Group). Centurylinks NW Regional President, Brian Stading issued a statement claiming that the tower was not a fundamental component of their business strategy. Seattle real estate company, The Urban Renaissance Group, represented Clarion in the sale and will operate the building for the new owner.